PTYS/LPL Faculty

Lon Hood

Research Professor
Lunar Studies, Planetary Geophysics, Theoretical Astrophysics, Planetary & atmospheric physics
Ph.D., 1979, UCLA

Kuiper 509B

Years with LPL: 1979 to present


My research is currently focused on two interdisciplinary areas: (1) Coupling between the Earth's stratosphere and troposphere; and (2) mapping and interpretation of planetary crustal magnetic fields.  The stratosphere / troposphere coupling work is especially oriented toward understanding the effects of short- and long-term solar ultraviolet variations on the stratosphere and any resulting top-down influences on tropospheric climate.  The planetary crustal magnetic field work is most recently aimed at mapping newly acquired orbital magnetometer data at Mercury and at resolving long-standing issues relating to the origin of lunar crustal magnetism.

Current Grants

  • Solar Influences on Tropical Deep Convection and the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO): Observational Analyses and Tests of a Proposed Mechanism, NSF Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics Program
  • Orbital Studies of Crustal Magnetism on Mercury, NASA Discovery Data Analysis Program
  • Orbital Studies of Lunar Magnetism, NASA Lunar Data Analysis Program

Former Spacecraft Involvement

  • Lunar Prospector Discovery mission, Co-Investigator

Former Students

  • Fred Ciesla (PTYS)
  • Malori Redman (Atmospheric Sciences)

Students from outside UA PTYS

  • Wes Lee Johnson (Undergraduate, Space Grant)

Former Postdocs

  • Nicola Richmond
  • Boris Soukharev

Complete Publications list available from: NASA ADS Author search: Lon Hood

Selected Publications: Calendar Years 2017 through 2019

Oliveira, J. S., Hood, L. L., Langlais, B. Constraining the Early History of Mercury and Its Core Dynamo by Studying the Crustal Magnetic Field 2019JGRE..124.2382O

Hood, L. L., Oliveira, J. S., Galluzzi, V., Rothery, D. A. Investigating Sources of Mercury's Crustal Magnetic Field: Further Mapping of MESSENGER Magnetometer Data 2018JGRE..123.2647H

Maycock, A. C., Matthes, K., Tegtmeier, S., Schmidt, H., Thiéblemont, R., Hood, L., Akiyoshi, H., Bekki, S., Deushi, M., Jöckel, P., Kirner, O., Kunze, M., Marchand, M., Marsh, D. R., Michou, M., Plummer, D., Revell, L. E., Rozanov, E., Stenke, A., Yamashita, Y., Yoshida, K. The representation of solar cycle signals in stratospheric ozone - Part 2: Analysis of global models 2018ACP....1811323M

Hood, L. L. Short-Term Solar Modulation of the Madden-Julian Climate Oscillation 2018JAtS...75..857H

Hood, L. L. QBO/solar modulation of the boreal winter Madden-Julian oscillation: A prediction for the coming solar minimum 2017GeoRL..44.3849H

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